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Association between Total Diet Cost and Diet Quality Is Limited

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  • Carlson, Andrea
  • Dong, Diansheng
  • Lino, Mark

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There is a common perception that it costs more to eat a healthy diet than a less healthy one. We derive a panel data model that accounts for unobserved specific individual effects to estimate the relationship between diet quality and total daily food expenditure. Since total daily diet cost and diet quality are both calculated from the foods chosen in our data, we account for the fact that there is an endogenous relationship between diet quality and cost. We find that while total daily food expenditure is statistically significant in relation to diet quality, the degree of association is very small.

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  • Carlson, Andrea & Dong, Diansheng & Lino, Mark, 2014. "Association between Total Diet Cost and Diet Quality Is Limited," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 39(1), pages 1-22, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:168259
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.168259
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    1. Justine S. Hastings & Ryan E. Kessler & Jesse M. Shapiro, 2019. "The Effect of SNAP on the Composition of Purchased Foods: Evidence and Implications," NBER Working Papers 25953, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Rahkovsky, Ilya & Jo, Young & Carlson, Andrea, 2018. "Consumers Balance Time and Money in Purchasing Convenience Foods," Economic Research Report 276227, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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